Japan to hire 60,000 foreigners. As Long as You’re a Nurse

photo credit to: Japan’s nursing care businesses are expected to accept up to 60,000 foreign workers over five years, the highest number among 14 industrial sectors facing labor shortages that will be subject to proposed changes of the immigration law, the government said Wednesday.   Disclosing a number of estimates to the ruling and

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November 16, 2018

Japan allows more foreign workers. Then again…..

The envisaged creation of a new visa program to accept foreign workers may help ease Japan’s serious labor crunch that looks set to get worse in coming years amid the rapid aging of its society.   For a country known for keeping a firm grip on immigration, however, the challenges are manifold, ranging from social

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November 5, 2018

Japan and the labor crisis. Will opening doors solve the problem?

Tokyo’s Koto area is just waking up when a Vietnamese national along with his four Vietnamese colleagues arrive at the construction site at 6:30. A small group of Japanese colleagues go with them everyday to work and they spend the day moving heavy wooden planks and pouring concrete for a seven-story condo building.   Immigration

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June 6, 2018

Japan to welcome half million foreign workers for labor shortage

Japan is finally opening its job market and the Japanese government decided Tuesday to welcome half a million foreign workers through to 2025 to compensate for the labor shortage in Japan’s specialized industries.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new economic policy will outline the plan in detail and is due in mid-June with legal revisions,

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June 4, 2018
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Foreign worker fatalities show worker exploitation in Japan

Incidents in Japan related to work killed 22 foreign workers over three-years, from 2014 to 2017, reflecting the risk that foreign workers brought here could face extremely dangerous conditions. While the causes of deaths of the 22 workers were caused by accidents, one was the result of overworked labor.     Over the 3 year period, there were

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January 17, 2018
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Future Looks Bright for Foreign Workers, Disabled in Japan

Japanese companies are opening their doors to more foreign workers, women, elderly people, and disabled people in response to various economic occurrences such as overseas expansion, chronic labor shortage and legal change on the employment of the disabled. These have prompted job fairs to be organized in turn.   The companies are going ahead of the revised employment

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October 20, 2017
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A Recap on “Why Are Wages Not Rising Despite the Labor Shortage?”

(This post is a shortened version of University of Tokyo Professor Genda Yūji’s article published in Japan’s “Hello Work” employment offices reveals that the ratio of job offers to job seekers have been increasing since 2010. As of May this year, there are only 2 people who can fill up a job opening that requires three persons.

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October 13, 2017

Technical Internship Programs for Konbini Foreign Part-Timers

The convenience store industry in Japan will be offering the government-sponsored Technical Internship Program and Nihongo proficiency for its non-Japanese part-time employees. The Japan Franchise Association is also lobbying for the government to include convenience store management into it. Overall, the program aims to provide technical skills, technology and knowledge to people from developing countries who are working in companies

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October 9, 2017

Full-Time Worker Shortage in Japan up to 45%

A recent survey made by Teikoku Databank Ltd. released last August 24 showed that Japanese companies are facing a record-high 45% shortage of full-time workers. It is a huge increase from the July 2016 survey showing just 7.5% shortage.   Photo credit to:   Here is the breakdown of the shortage per sector:   69.7% shortage for

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October 2, 2017

Japan’s Tourism, Real Estate Hires More Asian Workers

Japan’s hotel operators and real estate firms are aggressively hiring foreign workers to capture overseas investors and buyers. The in-bound tourism and investment from wealthy foreign buyers have been booming and increasing.   TKP Corp., a Tokyo-based meeting room rental company, has been recruiting several Chinese and Taiwanese nationals every year offering the same compensation as that of their

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September 27, 2017